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PROJECTME703 Posts: 461
3/11/13 4:01 P

You can get in shape and complete a 5k without ONLY running. Other things that build muscle strength in your lower body will help you complete your run. So maybe add strength training to your mix, some spin classes, and hiking uphill if you can get outside. The hills will help get your heart pumping and build muscle stength which will help you complete your run. Good luck. Don't give up on your 5K goal, but understand that running is not the only way to train for a run. :)

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3/11/13 3:00 P

This is also true. I love my treadmill. It has done great things for me this past winter and I owe it a lot. But I kind of never want to see it again right at the moment. I feel almost ungrateful. (Thank you, now go away.) It's possible you'll rediscover some of your joy once you can get outside more.

3/11/13 11:52 A

I bet your hatred is coming from the fact that you can't run outside. Treadmills are boring. I would start to hate doing the hamster routine every day on one of those things as well.

I hope you get some better weather soon!

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3/11/13 10:48 A

Try something else, not running, mix it up a bit. Continue to run once or twice a week or drop it entirely for a little while and see how you feel then. The real goal here is fitness and exercise over the long term, right? You won't get that if you keep trying to do something you're hating, and you also won't lose your current fitness for the 5K if you're still exercising. Not fast anyway.

I totally get where you're coming from on lack of progress. I'm right where you're at right now with endurance, being able to run a little bit over two miles straight but feeling very beat up at the end of that time, and it's so hard to want more and not know really if or when it will ever come, just having to take it on faith that it will, given enough time and effort. And I love it right now, and it's still hard.

So what I'm saying I guess is maybe a little bit of a mental break would be beneficial, both in terms of long-term goals (keeping up exercise at all) and also in terms of liking running again -- get away from the numbers for a while and just enjoy the movement. Even if you have to walk part of the 5K when it comes, or choose a later one instead (or even drop the idea entirely for a while, whatever works).

3/11/13 10:36 A


I'm training for my first 5K next month and have been running since January. I used the C25K program. I have been able to run outside much because of the weather so I usually run on the treadmill for pretty much the whole 3.1 miles. Running outside is a lot harder considering the wind, hills, etc. I cannot run the whole time which is so discouraging. I think I am up to a little over 2 miles and really have to push myself to do it. The entire time I am thinking... I hate doing this why am I doing this? My thoughts are just incredibly negative. I loved running when I first started. I was so excited and felt so accomplished when I was able to increase my time. I'm just so bored with it now. I've tried all the things people suggest to make it more fun. I cross train, run with my husband, do sprints, buy some new work out clothing etc etc. I do not want to give up. I want to be able to run a full 5k but its so hard to stay motivated. I don't want to take a break since I have the race coming up & I do not want to lose the endurance I've built up. I don't believe I am pushing myself too hard either so I really don't know what to do. I wish I could love running. It has just been so hard.

What do you do if you have ever felt like this?

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